Devil's Kriek
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #23
Ranked #4,855
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
Devil's KriekDevil's Kriek
Notes: "We added a boatload of Bings from Matt's orchard to our Devil's Kitchen (along with some "unique cultures") and let 'em hang out together for a few months. The neon-raspberry colored result features a funky-sour backbone that's uniquely delicious."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, Perle hops, "unique cultures", and local cherries. 9+% ABV, 35 BU
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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version bottled 7/9/14. Held up pretty well. Has a great red/raspberry color to it. The cherry and raspberry have dissipated quite a bit but still there and quite tasty. Still fizzy and tasty to put down. This was a 9.3 ABV

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 vintage.

This one pours a slightly murky reddish-amber color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells quite sour, with deep dark cherry, prickly funk, lemon rind, and bitter funk.

This is pretty intense, but works well for me. It's very, very sour, with a highly concentrated and intense cherry character, along with a prickly and and almost dirty funk to it. This would definitely be good to share with some one else - a solo dome might be a bit much.

This is light bodied, crisp, and with a big lingering acidity on the back end of each sip.

This brewery's best beers are easily their wild ales. This is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is the 2016 edition, 9.2%. Lovely reddish amber color, but not much foam in the Kasteel chalice. There's a zingy and fizzy mouthfeel. Aroma is woody with a bit of fermenting apples. So many cherries and so little fruit flavor. Quite astringent in the finish, like blackberry seeds and stems. I don't get any sensation of alcohol, despite the claimed high ABV.

Quite acidic but not too much into the vinegar side. The cherries, though, are mostly lost in the tart funk and bitter yeastiness. While it's more sour than a real Belgian Kriek, or Flanders Red, it's not overwhelmed with lactic acid. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy rust color,medium carbonation. Aroma is all cherries first followed by an acidic sweet almost champagne smell. Taste is very similar,just more tart and sour but not like biting into a lemon tart. At times the cherries came off a bit artifical in taste and aroma but I just think that I've never had a lambic where the cherry addition was so strong and easily identified. A great dessert beer that I'm anxious to try again. It's in a league of its own so it took a while to get used to this compared to so many other spurs I've had

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 2013 version with three years of age on it.

Cloudy red liquid, minimal head. Characteristic look for the style. The aromatics of the cherries are still present despite the obviously present barnyard brett and the age. The taste is cherries plus a nice level of funk, likely brett lambicus. Good mouthfeel. A fantastic kriek that I was happy to enjoy.

I tried the 2015 at the same time and would give that a lower rating more in line with consensus.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2014
Appearance: A opaque-ish black cherry red with a skinny head and that drops to nothing within seconds and doesn't leave any surface or lacing. (fairly typical though).

Aromatics: The scents are not overly pronounced, but you can detect the sour cherry and some dry light oak and leather. The brett being very well subdued - there is a hint of funk but not heavy.

Taste: A nice climaxing sour tartness, starts out smooth and fruity and builds itself up into the more sour and tart notes. There is still a hint of acidic sweetness, like a squeezed lemon wedge with a sprinkle of sugar on it.

Mouth: In the middleweights, light fizzy for the palate, and fairly slick on the tongue carrying that tartness all the way to the back of the palate.

Overall: Not too shabby. I LOVED the ABV on this one which might be why it ranked higher in my books above some other krieks I have had lately (Mort Subite I'm looking at you)... I'm starting to prefer the sour-er krieks as of late over ones that are sweeter (Lindemanns' comes to mind). All-in-all though it doesn't let you know it is over the 9% threshold until you stand up.

Pairing: I always like Lambics especially Krieks for what they can add in terms of fruitiness to a dish. In this case, I think I would punch up that superb tart cherry with a sweet - so a nice Polish-style Cherry Cake would be perfect. And maybe topped with a touch of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (but not a lot) just enough to give it some additional smooth textures.

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Photo of drpimento
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is boring - drab brown with pink tones, no head or lace. Aroma is delightful with perfume, fruit, vinegar, malt. Flavor's not as interesting as aroma, but similar and good. Body is good. Fairly easy drinking with enough fruitiness to offset the sour.

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Photo of braker649er
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had sort of forgotten about this one and let it sit in my cellar even after the brewery had bottle-aged quite a while. Vintage 2013 poured into a tulip glass on Father's Day 2016!

L - beautiful, deep red, head effervescent and dissipated
S - champagne and funk scents; just a touch of the cherry
T - full throated sour, but not harsh; just like I like it; no yogurt here; this tasted of orchards and aging and care
F - bubbly and crisp; felt full and a bit like champagne
O - wow, it'll be hard to keep a bottle of this long again if I'm ever lucky enough to procure one!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

an impressive kriek, but when did they become 9% abv?! holy goodness, maybe thats why they call it devils kriek, because it lights you right up. the beer is awesome though, blood red like pureed cherry, pink red head, very dense looking, raw. the nose is a perfect mix of tangy and sweet cherry, jammy but also puckery, with some funky yeasts an a little red wine. tannic and sharp on the acidity, but there is a lot of sugar here from the fruit, i reckon it could be fermented down even stronger with a more robust yeast strain. dramatic cherry flavor, about as concentrated as i have seen in a beer, which i suppose is pretty cool being from one of the cherry capitals of the world. its almost pithy on my palate, i feel the texture of the fruit, and the sweetness doesnt bother me because there is enough tart here too, a little brett maybe, but this is more lactic, pinch of lemon acidity, tang without being really sour. awesome depth. a ton of body, and maybe a little light on bubbles, but i dont mind that either. winey in general impression, amazing flavor. there isnt another kriek like this that i am aware of. apparently the beer to try in here if you only have time for one...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage: Poured into a small narrow glass, color is amber, opaque, very, very effervescent, head dissipates quickly to a ring.

Smell is very unique, very good: presents as tart cherries, but not pungent, then a slight funkiness, maybe some earthy flavors, bubblegum like, interesting, good.

Taste is a more funky kindy of kriek: definite cherry presence, light tartness, not mouth numbing, strength is hidden very well, then some light funkiness but not as deep as the aroma (notes of earth/musty flavors).

Mouthfeel is very good for a sour of this strength, possibly from the lighter acidic quality of the ale, even the high carbonation is not detracting (bubbles were of fine size which may support different presentation)

Overall, a very nice ale and a solid take on a kriek with a deviation to the funkier side of fermentation qualities.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014. Clear bright red, nice funk aroma with a sweet and sour taste along with an underlying cherry tartness. Everything comes out better as it warms. Absolutely wonderful Kriek. Cheers!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Duvel glass. 2013 vintage consumed 12.11.15.

A: Beautiful burgundy coloring has a solid, quick paced effervesce within. The head is slight, a leathery tan color, skim covering, and quickly dissipates.

S: The aroma is moderately strong, with a burst of tart, fruity cherries. Hints of leather saddle, barley, and a dry funk follows.

T: Tart cherries are abundant for flavor, with a b beautiful level of soothing tartness. Spicy, dry tart funk belgian yeastiness, dry cherry skins, fruity sourness.

M: Nice syrupy consistency and thickness per style with a slippery texture. Tart with a good feel of carbonation keeps things lively.

O: Overall was unaware this was a 2013 vintage when bought, but kinda happy it turned out this way. The aging seemed to make this very smooth with a perfect level of sourness and drinkability factor. Been getting more and more into sours and this is a very approachable beer for the novice and intermediate sour drinker. I'm sure the more experienced sour drinkers will complain about the lacking sour intensity level of this, muck akin to hop heads who bring up a lack of tongue smacking hop ibus in most mid-level ipas, but I like to see a trade off of flavor, complexity along with drinkability factor. The abv% of 9.3 is finely hidden, feeling perfect for a single serving. A great price entry per style, flavorful, good balance and level of sourness, very good drinkability makes for an easy A beer by style.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head (with traces of dark pink hues) that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of cherries.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is sour and a little funky, having notes of cherries (but without any associated sweetness).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't so sour that it would make your mouth pucker, but the sourness definitely stands out in front of the fruity flavors of cherries.

Note: 2013 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical lambic crack pop and fizzle until the head disappears, murky dull red with a good amount of carbonation, pretty standard fare on they eyes
very tart (but not scary tart), definitely sense the cherries, some funk in there from the fermentation, slight rotten bubble gum, interesting
taste etc...
fizzy and tart on the tongue, heavy on the cherries, looking for the ABV and I am not finding it (I was worried it would really overwhelm this style), this has that nice funk taste you expect it to but just at the moment you think that is going to dominate the cherries swoop in and sweeten the pot back up
Tasty, I would prefer a bit more tartness as this turns slightly sweet at times, the cherries are pretty big here, a really nice effort and man the ABV is a lurking killer, worth trying if you see it

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap via a flight.

Look : Dusty cherry color, 100% opaque, milky head

Smell : Tart fruits, cherries, black berries, nice spicy hops and malts.

Taste : A tart bite with tangy yeast strains, cherry undercurrent, and fully sour all the way to the bank. Great sour profile.

Feel : Medium odbied, creamy, carbonation is wrapped up in the body like a chipoltle burrito.

Overall : I'd have it again, it's my second favorite next to their original Sour.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 poured into a tulip..... Tons of carbonation with no head. Despite the 2 years of age, the carbonation was spot on. This almost drank like a cherry soda. Very good, but not as much cherry as I would have liked.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cherries, Tart, Vinous, Dry

Brewed with local bing cherries, fermented with will brettanomyces, aged for over a year on cherries, and bottled conditioned. Pours a gorgeous red beer, slightly cloudy, with pink-stained lacing. Musty nose, cherry meat, hints of wood, and soft spices. Super tart and acidic. Gets the glands going. Crisp, quick carbonation Lemony smack, sour cherries, tannic, oaky, vinous, dry, medicinal undertones, woody finish. Bone dry. A damn fine Kriek, but let a breathe a bit before consuming to allow the heavy phenolics to subside.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nicely done!! Aged for 2 years already and super smooth considering the 9% ABV which is hidden very well. Tons of brett funk for sure, but there is loads of tart and sweet cherries too. Love it.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. I actually tried the at their brewpub and it was quite good... But almost 2 years in the bottle and wow! The funk has really come together and mellowed.

A great sipper for a rainy afternoon.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version on tap at Growler Guys Portland... of course I just had to try it.

The pours a rose red color with amber highlights. There's not a lot of lacing or much head retention in this beer, but for all that, this is very nice looking beer. On the nose, there's considerable fruit, wine and light sour going on. I don't know if this beer was actually aged in wine barrels (I tend to doubt, based on the BA description), but the sour and fruit blend seemed to impart that kind of aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I get the impression that times has mellowed both the sour and the fruit component in this beer. There's some light vanilla and lime as well on the palate, but the sour cherry and sour funk component seemed to dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is really the only place where one can tell this abv. is up there a bit in this beer, as otherwise, there's really no sense of the 9% alcohol in the flavor profile. However, there's a fullness on the palate that I attribute to the fairly high abv. in this beer. Drinkability is pretty good, especially if you're a fan of sours (it was close to being too sour for me, but was still enjoyable).

Interesting beer. Would like to try a fresh version of this beer to compare it to this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Bottled 7/9/14. 9.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark crimson with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with the Brett adding a nice element of funk to go along with the sour cherry qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep red with a touch of orange. One finger of frothy off white head with a little bit of pink. Looks pretty much like a kriek!

Smell. Nice juicy sour cherries with a little bit of that nice cinnamon/almond. Smells like a kriek! So far a winner.

Taste. Tart cherry but not in a big juicy way. Still nice though. A bit of dry brett and musty funk is there, fairly dry finish. Doesn't taste quite like a traditional kriek but not too shabs.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't really expecting a classic belgian kriek here, but the look and smell did get my hopes up a bit. Not quite, but a decent brew for sure.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep cherry to orange red body, with lots of noticeable fast carbonation to be seen. Lots of snapping fizz off the pour, with a very quick dissoliving thin pink head. No collar and some watery character. Quite light looking.

Aroma heads towards a good tart cherry fruit and some malt dough and bakery density. Moderate acid and not hinting too much to vinegar, giving a hint of fruit sweetness ever so slightly. Pretty good.

Palate comes interestingly enough, but seems to lapse much of the interesting yeasty character of the style. Good tart cherry through a fairly solid body, if a little thin. Very well masked alcohol as well which seems surprising as there doesn't appear to be much depth to this. Fleeting aftertaste of fruit, with a bit of club soda and mineral finish. Warmth brings some more diverse menthol like character to the cherry which adds a nice touch.

Overall not too bad, grows on you after a bit.

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Photo of jellikit
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: mostly red. With brown hues. Very hazy. No head.

S: not much. Very little sweetness. Acid notes.

T: mellow fruitiness followed by tart/sour.

M: high carbonation. Dry. Tart.

O: good sour. Pretty basic. But good. Will try again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

bottled 1/15/14, brewed in 2012

Pours a small fizzy head that fades almost instantly, typical sour, bright cherry red but dark and murky color.

NOse brings tons of cherry, a nice kriek like cherry, little sour cherry note and tartness, little sweet syrupyness, mild funky sour note, Pretty basic.

Taste is also a bit lighter than expected, well at least not really too complex, some cherry, not a ton of cherry, sour cherry note, little dank funk, little sweet syrupy and cherry coffee syrup, little boozy too, tangy and acidic. Finish is a bit syrupy, bit booze warmth too, little more sour cherry and tangy, sticky.

Mouth is med bod, mild acid note, light booze warmth, lighter carb.

Overall eh, not bad, but nothing special. Bit too boozy and not enough carb, fairly basic and meh but not bad. 375

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Devil's Kriek from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 191 ratings